|Paul Needham: Owning electricity - PopTech|
Paul Needham's organization, Simpa Networks, makes solar energy available to the poor. By using a pay-as-you-go pricing structure modeled after mobile phone cards, Simpa gives its customers ownership of the electricity. Once the initial cost of the equipment is paid off, the device belongs to the customer and their electricity is free.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; PopTech 2011; Development; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Social Innovation
|Esther Wang: Measure impact|
Esther Wang shares techniques for identifying whether billions of dollars in social interventions actually do measurable good. "Measuring impact is a challenge, but it is also critical and billions of lives depend on it."
Keywords: philanthropy; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Nick Martin: Learn online|
Listen to Nick Martin describe his unique, interactive model for online training for social change. "In the field of international development, so many people need new skills."
Keywords: Education, PopTech 2013, Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Emily Jacobi: Digitizing democracy|
Emily Jacobi describes how her group, Digital Democracy, is using technology to improve local social and environmental projects, like assisting local efforts to document oil spills in Peru. "What are the possibilities of new technology to transform situations for some of the world's most marginalized groups?"
Keywords: Activism; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Chris Marianetti's Found Sound Nation - PopTech|
Chris Marianetti, a classically trained musician and composer, got started by bringing his recording studio to a Bronx school. Marianetti ended up recording an album with his students and then invited master musicians to contribute. Today, his organization, Found Sound Nation, creates collaborations all over the world, bringing people together through music.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2011; Community; Collaboration; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Paula Kahumbu: Conservation 2.0 - PopTech|
As executive director of WildlifeDirect, 2009 PopTech Fellow Paula Kahumbu is building a global wildlife conservation community that connects conservationists and their supporters through blogs and direct funding. The goal: a movement powerful enough to reverse catastrophic species loss in Africa and around the world.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Africa; Fellows; Sustainability; Technology; Community; Social Innovation; PopTech 2009; Social Innovation Fellows 2009
|Dominic Muren's Humblefactory - PopTech|
Dominic Muren's organization, The Humblefactory, champions "makers," craftspeople who make up the cottage industries of the world. His online platform helps empower these makers, linking them up with markets through co-manufacturing and product design strategy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Technology; Entrepreneur; DIY; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Amy Sun: Unlocking capacities - PopTech|
Amy Sun's FabLab gives people access to tools and processes for the modern means of invention. In Afghanistan, participants wanted to "make the Internet;" the outcome was the creation of a city-scale wireless mesh network. FabLab brings together people with the tools, processes and guiding principles to envision and build a future that works.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Fellows; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; DIY
|Krista Donaldson's Design Revolution - PopTech|
Krista Donaldson runs D-Rev: Design Revolution, which creates world class products--market and user driven--designed to meet the needs of the four billion people all over the world living on less than four dollars a day.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Health; Design; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Emily Pilloton: Design for Change - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Emily Pilloton founded Project H Design to mobilize innovative product design for social good. In its first year, the organization built a community of more than 300 designers and launched more than 20 projects in 6 countries. These initiatives include water transport solutions and designs for foster care therapy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Technology; Fellows; Social Innovation; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Architecture
|Erika Block's Local Orbit - PopTech|
Erika Block founded Local Orbit to connect local farmers with chefs, institutions and consumers. Her online platform provides marketing, sales, logistics and inventory management for food hubs, farmers, and community groups. The result is a scalable system that makes healthy, locally produced food both affordable and accessible to everyone.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; PopTech 2011; Technology; Food; Agriculture; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|David Mikkelsen's Refugees United - PopTech|
After a remarkable effort to help one Afghan boy reconnect with his family, David and Christopher Troensegaard Mikkelsen were driven to create a low cost, anonymous mobile tool and web platform designed to help refugees reconnect with loved ones. These tools streamline the family tracing process for individuals and for the NGOs helping them.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Freedom; Justice; Human Rights; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Nicole Stubbs: Lending data|
Learn how Nicole Stubbs is reducing lending and borrowing costs across the developing world through cloud technology by aggregating big data and producing recommendations about products and loan sizes. "How do you build real economic security in a cash economy?"
Keywords: big data; finance; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Donnel Baird: Energy financing|
Donnel Baird explains his online platform that connects investors concerned about climate change with inner city solar and energy efficiency projects. "We create jobs, energy savings, carbon emission reductions, financial returns for our investors."
Keywords: Climate; Energy; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Julia Watson: Sacred places|
Julia Watson explains why it is so important to preserve environmentally sensitive sites and ecosystems around the world while considering the interests and participation of local inhabitants. "I am an architect and I am interested in preserving these sacred places."
Keywords: Architecture; Environment; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Nathaniel Raymond: Data rights|
Watch Nathaniel Raymond argue passionately that information during a disaster should be protected under international law and human rights standards just like food, water, medicine and shelter. "Our technical innovation has superseded our moral and ethical innovation."
Keywords: Human Rights; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Anushka Ratnayake: Farm savings|
Learn how Anushka Ratnayake is using mobile technology to help poor farmers easily save money for seed and fertilizer. "We create agricultural layaway plans to help farmers use their money efficiently."
Keywords: agriculture; finance; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Mukara Meredith - PopTech|
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation; Interviews; Design
|Alex Hornstein: Power for people|
Alex Hornstein says that simple systems that use mostly existing infrastructure can power rural homes that lack electricity. "What I'm interested in is how to reach people."
Keywords: Energy; Innovation; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Jessica Richman: Citizen science|
Jessica Richman shares the importance of crowdsourcing scientific research, such as to explore the human microbiome. "Citizen science is the process of involving the public in science, and it is desperately needed."
Keywords: crowdsourcing; PopTech 2013; Science; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Nithya Ramanathan: Nexleaf Analytics - PopTech|
Nithya Ramanathan's organization NexLeaf Analytics couples everyday objects like cell phones with sophisticated analytics to improve projects' impact. In one example, Nexleaf tracked seabirds' sounds on a distant island, and by processing the recordings with powerful servers, helped scientists better gauge the seabirds' risk of extinction.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Science; Sustainability; Design; Engineering; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Emerging Tech
|Rose Goslinga: Farmer microinsurance - PopTech|
Traditional crop insurance relies on farms visits, a proposition which doesn't add up for small farms. Kilimo Salama, run by Rose Goslinga, uses creative, low-cost methods, such as weather stations, to remotely determine whether drought conditions justify payout. Able to invest more at lower risk, Kenyan farmers are producing historic crop yields.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Fellows; Africa; Entrepreneur; Innovation; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Agriculture
|Megan Mukuria: Keep girls in school - PopTech|
What causes African girls to miss up to 1.5 months of school each year? By providing access to sanitary pads, ZanaAfrica, founded by Megan Mukuria, is giving girls the freedom and self-confidence to stay in school, while also connecting the community of young women through an online forum that allows them to share information via social media.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Health; Culture; Education; Fellows; Africa; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Bryan Doerries' Theater of War - PopTech|
Bryan Doerries' Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. By bringing these timeless plays to military audiences, Doerries attempts to create dialogue and community while de-stigmatizing the psychological injuries of war.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; PopTech 2011; Art; Psychology; Community; Conflict; Social Innovation Fellows; Play; Social Innovation Fellows 2012
|Michael Murphy: Buildings that heal - PopTech|
At the hospital, you expect to heal, but some buildings are actually making us sicker. With thoughtful techniques as basic as removing hallways and creating outside waiting areas for sick patients, Michael Murphy works with local communities to design buildings that promote health while also creating new jobs.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; PopTech 2011; Economics; Development; Fellows; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Fellows 2011; Architecture
|Jake Porway's Data Without Borders - PopTech|
What happens when ambitious and talented data scientists are connected with social organizations rife with data but lacking resources to do anything with it? Jake Porway's DataKind (formerly Data Without Borders) helps bring these two groups together, using data in the service of humanity to design transformative visualizations and decision-making tools.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Data; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Mapping; DIY; Social Innovation Fellows; Emerging Tech
|Sameer Kalwani: Safe drinking water - PopTech|
Health in India is compromised by dirty water. Sameer Kalwani's Sarvajal enables access to clean water, enlisting local entrepreneurs to sell it and monitoring water quality remotely. Customers are happy to pay to get clean water at their doorstep. What started with 1 village 3 years ago now provides safe water to 70,000 people daily.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; PopTech 2011; Economics; Fellows; Entrepreneur; Innovation; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; India; Water
|Hayat Sindi launches i2 - PopTech|
A leader in both science and social innovation, Dr. Hayat Sindi launched i2, the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity at PopTech 2011. Dr. Sindi created the institute to bridge the gap between education and opportunity in the Middle East.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Science; Development; Entrepreneur; Activism; DIY; Youth; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; Emerging Tech; Social Innovation Fellows
|Nigel Waller on the Mobile Cloud - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Nigel Waller launched Movirtu to provide virtual mobile phone services for people earning less than two dollars a day. As Movirtu expands across Africa and Asia, even the poorest individuals can send text messages and make mobile payments as well as find work and access healthcare.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Technology; Fellows; Mobile; Data; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Africa
|Kevin Starr: Lasting Impact - PopTech|
Kevin Starr, Mulago Foundation director, looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. He thinks all projects need to answer four questions: Is it needed? Does it work? Will it get to those who need it? Will they use it correctly when they get it? Too many bad ideas are using up our limited resources and that needs to change.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Poverty; Development; Business; Sustainability; PopTech 2010; Big Systems; Social Innovation
|Yasser Ansari: Citizen Science - PopTech|
Yasser Ansari's Project Noah (Networked Organisms and Habitats), strives to be what he calls "a field guide for every organism." Inspired by Darwin's Field Guide, bio-instruments, and a little bit of steampunk, the platform encourages citizen scientists to step into the world, eyes open, and begin documenting what they find.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Mobile; Environment; Biology; Activism; Green; PopTech 2010; Ecology
|Kel Sheppey: Fighting HIV/AIDS - PopTech|
To combat the spread of AIDS, Kel Sheppey founded Wild4Life, an AIDS awareness and testing organization that collaborates with wildlife conservation groups, reaching remote communities and educating them about the importance of AIDS testing and education. The goal: to completely stop the spread of AIDS by leveraging influence within communities.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Africa; PopTech 2010; Collaboration; Community
|Nina Dudnik: Seeding Labs - PopTech|
2010 Social Innovation Fellow Nina Dudnik's organization, Seeding Labs, takes discarded lab equipment from the United States to needy labs in other countries. As part of its commitment, Seeding Labs also connects scientists from the U.S. with their counterparts in Africa and South America.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Education; PopTech 2010; Africa
|Rush Bartlett: Safe Drug Delivery - PopTech|
Injectable drugs are a huge part of modern life, and with 16 billion injections a year, delivery system innovation is a field ripe for breakthroughs. 2010 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow Rush Bartlett's company LyoGo has developed a completely self-contained system with the potential to revolutionize the way people are immunized.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Medicine; PopTech 2010; Innovation
|Josh Nesbit: Mobile Healthcare - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Josh Nesbit co-founded Medic Mobile to bring the innovative use of mobile phones for healthcare to the developing world. A central clinic laptop runs FrontlineSMS software, enabling community health workers to use text messages to coordinate patient care, offer mobile diagnostics, and map health services.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Africa; Mapping; Fellows; Mobile; Community; PopTech 2009; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; Medicine
|Brian Elliot: Friend Power - PopTech|
Brian Elliot founded Friendfactor to unlock the power of friendship to accelerate legal freedoms for LGBT people. Friendfactor's innovative social networking platform shifts the focus of gay rights from ideology towards a far more personal concept: friends making a difference in their gay friends' lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Activism; Politics; Culture; PopTech 2010; Freedom; Community
|Laura Stachel: Solar Saves Lives - PopTech|
Laura Stachel and Hal Aronson founded WE CARE Solar, which designs solar-powered systems to meet essential maternity care needs. These portable, suitcase-sized systems are immediately operational and expandable. Powering lighting and communication equipment, they enable timely and appropriate emergency care for mothers and infants.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Health; Africa; PopTech 2010; Women; Poverty; Solar
|Ned Breslin: Fixing the Water Crisis - PopTech|
"Is water still running?" is perhaps the most important question for water initiatives worldwide, concludes Water for People CEO Ned Breslin. He's tired of seeing broken hand pumps and taps litter Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These signs of failed projects underscore the critical need to overhaul water aid for real impact.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Development; Water; Mobile; Data; Innovation; Africa; PopTech 2010; Social Innovation
|Will Allen on Urban Farming - PopTech|
Will Allen is co-founder and director of Growing Power, Inc., an organization that is transforming the production and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. Growing Power operates as an urban farm and education center in Milwaukee, WI, and more recently, Chicago, teaching urban youth how to produce low-cost healthy foods for their communities.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Health; Food; Farming; Green; Community; Urbanization; Social Innovation; PopTech 2009
|Derek Lomas: Open Source Games - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Derek Lomas is director of the Playpower Foundation, a global network of developers, designers, academics, NGOs and businesses. Playpower leverages the availability of ultra-low-cost computers to create and distribute affordable, effective, and fun learning games for under-privileged children worldwide.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Education; Development; Fellows; Games; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Community
|Ben Lyon: Mobile Microcredit - PopTech|
Ben Lyon founded FrontlineSMS:Credit to allow microfinance institutions to send and receive secure loan payments, track loans and develop a micro-insurance model using the ubiquitous mobile phone.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Finance; PopTech 2010; BoP; Mobile; Microfinance
|Jason Aramburu: New Energy - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Jason Aramburu launched re:char in 2005 to develop low-cost technologies that fight climate change while improving the quality of degraded soils. re:char's systems convert agricultural waste into renewable fuel and into biochar, sequestering atmospheric carbon and improving soil quality.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Technology; Fellows; Climate; Biology; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Farming; Green
|Leila Janah: Jobs Fight Poverty - PopTech|
2010 Social Innovation Fellow Leila Janah founded Samasource to bring digitally connected jobs to people living in poverty, providing computer-based microwork via the Internet. Her philosophy: "Handouts are not going to end global poverty, but work -- real work -- just might."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Africa; Poverty; PopTech 2010; Internet
|Brooke Betts Farrell: Waste as Treasure - PopTech|
Brooke Betts Farrell's idea is simple - she wants her company, RecycleMatch, to be the eBay of trash. Matching those who have waste with those who need it, RecycleMatch lowers costs, reduces waste and accelerates green innovation.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Business; Green; Sustainability; Ecology; PopTech 2010; Collaboration
|Ryan Smith: Sewage Into Plastic - PopTech|
Ryan Smith is co-founder and chief technical officer of Micromidas, Inc., a biotech company that uses an innovative microbial process to convert raw sewage into high-quality plastics. A non-petroleum plastic made from organic waste that completely degrades in six months to a year? What's not to love?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Business; Green; Sustainability; Biology; PopTech 2010
|Lauren Abramson: Better Justice - PopTech|
As the founder of the Community Conferencing Center, Social Innovation Fellow Lauren Abramson works to alter how society typically responds to crime and conflict -- changing the focus from punishment to accountability, healing, and learning.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Psychology; Conflict; PopTech 2010; Community; Justice
|Raj Panjabi: Post-Conflict Health - PopTech|
After surviving Liberia's civil conflict, Raj Panjabi co-founded Tiyatien Health to tackle the triple threat facing health care in post-war countries: a battered public sector, workforce shortages and rampant poverty. Pioneering a community-based health system, TH serves as a scalable, public sector model for achieving equity in health.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Africa; Poverty; PopTech 2010
|Deb Levine: 21st Century Sex Ed - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Deb Levine founded ISIS - Internet Sexuality Information Services - in 2001 to promote sexual health. Using the web, mobile phones and other media, ISIS gives people private and convenient access to information on critical health issues like HIV prevention and unplanned pregnancies.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Education; Technology; Fellows; PopTech 2009; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; Women; Youth; Internet
|Eben Bayer: Bio-packaging - PopTech|
Ecovative Design founder, 2009 PopTech Fellow Eben Bayer, on this initiative that transforms low-value agricultural byproducts into strong biological composites that can be used as biodegradable alternatives to conventional plastics, foams, and packaging materials.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Green; Technology; Fellows; Sustainability; Design; PopTech 2009; Farming; Biology; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; Ecomaterials
|Matthew Berg: Mobiles for Health - PopTech|
Matt Berg helped create and pilot ChildCount+, a mobile-phone-based health platform that empowers communities in Africa to improve child and maternal health. Matt also trains local programmers at the Rural Technology Lab, with a goal to advance the health of millions while decentralizing the software development process.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Mobile; Africa; Technology; PopTech 2010; Youth; Community; Women